At Ford, mid-size is larger than it sounds. It’s big business for the Dearborn, Michigan automaker. According to a July 1 company press release, “Ford brand SUVs had their best-ever first half with 395,116 total vehicles sold – up 9 percent versus a year ago. Ford SUVs posted a 7 percent increase last month with 69,641 vehicles sold, marking the best June in 15 years.” The Edge, the Blue Oval’s mid-sizer that was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, was a significant part of those jumps in sales; between the beginning of January and the end of June, Ford’s dealers sold 12 percent more Edges than they did in the first six months of 2015.
After a week of driving a 2016 Ford Edge Sport around the city streets, back roads, and highways of Austin, Texas, we can see why.
2016 Ford Edge Sport Exterior
It’s fitting that we tested the Edge Sport down in the Lone Star State, a place known for its BBQ. Our review vehicle arrived coated in a color of paint that made us think of a rich BBQ sauce that you pour over thick, tender, and juicy slices of brisket. Ford calls it Bronze Fire. Under all of that deliciousness was a tasteful modern design. The black hexagonal grille, which concealed aero-enhancing active shutters, connected with the similarly darkened casings for the high-intensity discharge headlamps. Bridging the gap between the fast A-pillar up front and the dramatically sloped D-pillar in the rear was a pronounced character line that shot through the door handles, and quietly handsome optional 21-inch gunmetal wheels.
2016 Ford Edge Sport Interior
The interior of our review vehicle featured a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, black leather and sueded fabric seats, and glossy black accents. There were plenty of bright spots in all of that darkness, though – and we’re not just talking about the contrast stitching on the door panel inserts or the metallic trim or even the aluminum gas and brake pedals. The amount of technology and conveniences Ford packed into our Edge Sport stood out like a flare shot into the night sky. Our tester came loaded with push-button start capability, heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats with memory, heated rear outboard seats, the responsive and user-friendly SYNC 3 system running through an eight-inch touchscreen, and voice-activated navigation.
Clearly, the front of the Edge Sport was a comfortable place to be. The back seat was no less pleasant. We had plenty of legroom – 40.6 inches of it, to be exact – and the ability to recline the 60/40-split seatbacks. All of that space left us thinking the Edge is larger inside than it looks on the outside.
If we had our hands full with groceries and needed to put them in the 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, we only had to use one of our feet to open the rear hatch. All we did was wave it under the back bumper and a sensor told the liftgate to swing up and allow us to unload our burden of heavily loaded plastic bags and gallons of milk. That helpful feature alone put the “utility” in the name “sport utility vehicle.”
2016 Ford Edge Sport Performance
What’s in a name? Identity. What’s in a suffix? In the case of the Ford Edge Sport, truth. Ford Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium models come with the 245 horsepower and 275 lbft of torque of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4. They can also be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, which generates 280 horsepower and 250 lbft. Only the Edge Sport is available with the sport-iest engine: a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Its direct injection and twin turbos combine to produce 315 horsepower and 350 lbft of torque, and separate the Sport model not only from other Edge variants but from other vehicles on the road – in a hurry. The EcoBoost seemed even punchier when we popped the shifter for the six-speed SelectShift down into the S position. Sport mode for a sport model. It was a great fit. The gearbox was livelier than it was in its regular setting. We responded by pulling back on the right shift paddle to grab the next gear as the tachometer needle swung to higher digits. Over the course of our seven days with the Edge, we averaged 16.2 mpg. The EPA rates it capable of getting 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined.**
The Edge Titanium can be equipped with Ford’s Adaptive Steering. However, the Edge Sport comes with it right out of the box. Adaptive Steering reduces the steering effort required in low-speed situations, such as parking, and makes driving more engaging at higher speeds, such as the ones you hit on toll roads.
2016 Ford Edge Sport Safety
A variety of safety features kept their electronic eyes and safety nets open for us. Hill Start Assist was there to eliminate the possibility of us rolling back into the car behind us. First- and second-row side-curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and front knee airbags were ready to deploy in the event of a collision. Riders in the back weren’t forgotten about. Their outboard seatbelts had airbags in them.
We didn’t have to worry about swapping paint with the vehicles next to us thanks to the Edge’s Blind Spot Monitoring System. The Lane-Keeping System did just that – kept us in our lane…with a minor steering correction, if we desired it. At night, the automatic high beams knew exactly when to turn themselves on and off, based on what was in front of us. We were thankful for them and we’re sure the drivers going the opposite direction on the road were, too.
2016 Ford Edge Sport Overall
This year, the Edge has been a huge success for Ford. For a week, our $48,790 2016 Ford Edge Sport was a big deal to us. It was an attractive, tech-laden, powerful SUV that gave us peace of mind when we buckled our seatbelts and thrills when we mashed the gas pedal. You can test one for yourself at an AutoNation Ford dealership. Prices start at $40,400.*
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.